THE CUNARD QUEEN VICTORIA by Jackie Hall

THE CUNARD QUEEN VICTORIA  Northern Europe 7 Nights Cruise

Southampton to Guernsey, Rotterdam, Brugges, Cherbourg back to Southampton

DAY 1 – On Sunday 23rd June 2019, I was privileged to step aboard the Queen Victoria and experience my very first cruise aboard the World of Pure Elegance courtesy of Cunard.

My check in at the Mayflower Terminal could not be easier.  The porters took my huge suitcase outside the Terminal which allowed me to wander in with just my hand bag, purchase a cup of tea and relax until my colour coded card was announced to proceed to the check in desks – completely stress free.

Once onboard, I made my way to the Lido Restaurant for a fabulous buffet lunch and then made my way to my Balcony Stateroom on deck 5.  WOW, WOW, WOW – a very spacious twin bed cabin (my suitcase was already there) with a good size ensuite, a welcome aboard complimentary bottle of champagne, a mini fridge, kettle and daily tea/coffee making facilities.

Our party of 23 travel agents met our Cunard hosts for welcome drinks in the Yacht Club, introduced ourselves and then made our way to the Verandah Restaurant for a Steakhouse specialist dining experience.

Our hosts advised that during the course of this cruise, we would have a Galley Tour and a Bridge Tour and were keen to emphasise that the purpose of our cruise with them was to experience the Cunard Culture and to enjoy all the onboard facilities and activities available to their guests.

DAY 2 – Tender to St Peter Port, Guernsey and we were left to explore independently.

DAY 3 – At Sea

DAY 4 – Rotterdam (optional tours from here to Amsterdam approx. 8 hours duration)

DAY 5 – Docked/Gangplank at Zeebrugge (optional shore excursion to beautiful Brugges)

DAY 6 – At Sea

Whilst at Sea, I made the most of relaxing by one of the pools on deck 9, took advantage of a Spa day and to work off some of my over indulgence days, I made use of the gym a couple of times.

DAY 7 – Docked/Gangplank at Cherbourg (optional excursions to visit the Bayeux Tapestry or D Day Landings)

Day 8 – Disembark at Southampton (Very well organised and totally stress free).

We had two formal Gala Evenings, one Black & White Ball and one Ascot Ball.

SUMMARY

Each morning you have a choice of a buffet breakfast in the Lido Restaurant, Room service (24 hours a day) or a proper breakfast beautifully served by staff looking absolutely immaculate in their pristine white jackets in the Britannia Restaurant – At no extra charge

Every Lunch time, you have the choice to eat in the Main Restaurants, Buffet, The Golden Lion Pub (onboard served the most amazing fish & chips) or if you fancy a change you can eat a burger type meal out on deck.

Traditional afternoon tea is served every day at 3.30 pm in The Queens Room or you can treat yourself to a speciality champagne afternoon tea  to perhaps celebrate a special occasion in the more intimate Verandah Restaurant.

Each evening – after dinner either in the main restaurants or one of the many speciality restaurants our group enjoyed the entertainment in the Royal Court Theatre  (spectacular musical productions along with comedy, dance and drama) and appreciated live music around the ship from resident bands to jazz ensembles, classical recitals, singers and soloists.

All my preconceived ideas of cruising being too formal and claustrophobic have been eradicated.  It is the most exquisite way to travel and the most relaxing holiday.  I have had the time of my life and I have never felt this way before, I swear it is the truth and I owe it all to Travel Stop and Cunard!